No, wait . . . Look at little more closely. This image has nothing whatsoever to do with arachnophobia! Instead, the “webs” that appear on this woman’s legs are caused by an all-too-common condition known as “spider veins.”
Unlike varicose veins, which tend to bulge and look lumpy under the skin, spider veins are small (but still unsightly) “web-like” clusters of red, blue and purple. This disorder is most often noticeable on the face, thighs, calves and ankles. It’s estimated that at least half of adult women are afflicted with this cosmetic challenge.
A number of factors contribute to spider veins. If your parents or grandparents suffered from the condition, there’s an increased likelihood that you will too. Spider veins can also be associated with pregnancy and other events associated with hormonal shifts and weight gain. Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing or exposure to certain environments can also exacerbate this problem.
The good news – there are solutions! The most common treatment to erase these web-like clusters is called Sclerotherapy. During this relatively simple procedure, affected areas are injected with a special solution that causes these veins to collapse and fade. Typically, more than one treatment is required. The total number of treatments depends upon the condition’s severity and the length of time that the area has been affected. After every treatment, you’ll enjoy seeing unsightly veins become less and less visible, with the ultimate goal of causing them to disappear altogether.
Patients should be aware that this procedure only treats spider veins that are currently visible. It does not prevent new veins from surfacing in the future. Want more information about Sclerotherapy and related procedures? Follow us on our Facebook Page and visit our spider vein treatment patient guide page.